Cleveland’s Torso Murders


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

Storyteller: John Grabowski



Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • In addition to our regular menu, a Prix Fixe 3-course dinner special is available for just $25
  • This week’s special
    • Antipasta Salad
    • Pot Roast with Italian Bread
    • Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich


Story topic this week…

Cleveland’s Torso Murders
Between 1934 and 1938, at least 13 men and women were murdered in or around Cleveland’s Kingsbury Run. Dubbed “the Cleveland Torso Killer,” and “the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run,” the murderer was known for expertly decapitating and dismembering his victims before dumping their body parts. There was never enough evidence to go to trial with a suspect. Safety Director, Eliot Ness, ordered the Kingsbury Run to be burned down, ending the gruesome murders. John Grabowski takes the stage to tell the haunting stories of the murders and to postulate on who the killer might have been!

John Grabowski Bio

John J. Grabowski holds a joint position as the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University and the Krieger-Mueller Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He also serves as the editor of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, both of which are available online. His research interests center on American immigration, public history, and the disjuncture between “academic” and “popular” history. John has twice served as a Fulbright Scholar at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His most recent book is a history of Bilkent, Turkey’s first private, foundation-funded university.

When John D. Rockefeller became one of the wealthiest men in history, he made Cleveland the center of the world for a time. The ghosts of the robber barons still reside in the architecture and institutions of Cleveland, which keeps Rockefeller’s bones underneath a giant granite obelisk in Lake View cemetery – buried next to political titans, sports legends, and pop culture icons. Our new podcast series, Ripples from The Land explores the stories of Clevelanders and regional institutions that had a national and even global impact in a series of engaging conversations that focus on a history that has echoed well beyond the borders of the Forest City. From game-changing inventors, to influential artists, architects and politicians to industries, music, and food, the history of Cleveland is much more than you can imagine – it’s vibrant, impactful, and very entertaining!

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

See all Cleveland Stories dates here.


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